2013 NFL Draft Grade: New York Jets
New York Jets NFL Draft Grade:
First Round, Pick 9: CB Dee Milliner, Alabama – GRADE: B+
-Milliner fills a need for the Jets and is a nice value here, but New York had more pressing needs on the board, and could have addressed corner later in the draft.
First Round, Pick 13: DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri – GRADE: B-
-The Jets did need help in rushing the passer, but they needed it more in the form of a rush linebacker. As it stands now the Jets two best pass rushers are 5-techniques Muhammed Wilkerson and Quinton Coples. How they will get all three players on the field enough remains to be seen.
Second Round, Pick 39: QB Geno Smith, WVU – GRADE: A+
–Geno Smith was the best quarterback in this draft and the Jets landed him in the 2nd round. Quarterback is a major need for them, and they get a promising prospect who could fit in well with what they are doing.
Third Round, Pick 72: G, Brian Winters, Kent St. – GRADE: B-
-Winters fills a pretty big need for the Jets as they lost both of their starting guards. This is a slight reach for him and he’s maybe a year away from significantly contributing.
5th Round, Pick 141: OT Oday Aboushi, Virginia – GRADE: C+
-Aboushi was once considered a much higher prospect, but he has fallen due to a poor Senior Bowl/Combine. He may need to move inside, but he gives the Jets a little potential and versatility. He also helps a pretty thin position.
6th Round, Pick 178: OL William Campbell, Michigan – GRADE: D
-Liked Campbell as more of a defensive lineman after his strong East West Shrine Game week. His move to the offensive line makes him a big wild card, but it is fairly certain that he will need to develop on the practice squad. Likely the Jets could have waited until after the draft to bring him in.
7th Round, Pick 215: FB/HB Tommy Bohanon Wake Forest – GRADE: C+
Adding a fullback makes sense for the Jets, this is just a little high for him and there were other better options out there.
-The Jets do get some bonus points for adding Chris Ivory via trade in this draft, but still come up a bit short in this draft. Getting Geno Smith was a steal in the 2nd round, but other than that they didn’t get any truly great values. They did hit on their needs at quarterback, guard, and cornerback, but completely missed on an edge rusher, tight end, inside linebacker and receiver. If the Jets can find a way to get all their 5 techniques on the field together this grade could go a little higher, but otherwise it looks as though they used a top 15 pick on a rotational player.